News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | February 2013

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Special Events
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Russia on the Oval
Sample our MMAC Audio Guide Tour
Artwork of the Month

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Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits

January 24 - April 20, 2013


Leaving the Northern Lights BehindNancy Erickson's Kindred Spirits features her pioneering large scale, free-form textile compositions which combine paint and stitched fabric.  Her artwork speaks to the dignity of wild creatures and this exhibition highlights works that have seldom or never been seen before, inspired by the cave art at Chauvet Pont d'Arc and Lascaux.  It is presented to celebrate Erickson as the 2013 Odyssey of the Stars honoree. 



Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles
from the MMAC Permanent Collection

January 24 - April 20, 2013 


Wedding dressA selection from the MMAC Textile Collection, which numbers more than 1,800 objects, the exhibition includes 100 years of fashion spanning 1860-1960 from the vintage clothing collection accompanied by an array of accessories. 

Image banner: Nancy Erickson, detail, Patience (Toklat Wolf Series), 2005, satin and cottons, fabric paints, oil sticks and charcoal, machine stitched, appliqued and quilted, 61 x 41 inches


Image top: Nancy Erickson, Leaving the Northern Lights Behind, 2012, velvet, satin and cottons, fabric paints, oil sticks and charcoal, machine stitched, appliqued and quilted, 65 x 83 inches


Image bottom: detail, Wedding Dress, ca.1890, Silk, Donated by Dr. Caroline McGill, MMAC Permanent Collection



Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:00pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

An evening with the Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, including artists Nancy Erickson,

Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Beth Lo, Shari Montana, Linda Tawney and Janet Whaley


Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7:00pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

An artist's talk with Nancy Erickson

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30pm, Dennison Theatre, Fine Arts Building

Fabric of Life: Odyssey of the Stars with 2013 honoree Nancy Erickson, presented by the UM College of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information: 406-243-2970 or

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

A panel discussion: The History of the MMAC Textile Collection with UM Professor Emeritus Christine Milodragovich, UM School of Theatre & Dance and Laura Alvarez, Associate Professor, UM School of Theatre & Dance

Public Docent Tours for Kindred Spirits:   Wednesdays, 12:10-12:50pm, March 13 and April 10

                                                                 Saturdays, 12:10-12:50pm, February 16 and March 9

Celebrity Artist Tours:  Tuesday, February 12, 5:10-6:00pm with Mary Ann Bonjorni

       (Kindred Spirits)

                                    Tuesday, February 26, 5:10-6:00pm with Jennifer Combe

       (Kindred Spirits)

      Thursday, March 14, 5:10-6:00pm with Laura Alvarez

       (Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the

       MMAC Permanent Collection)



Dr. Herbert Swick      

Dr. Herbert Swick, MMAC Docent Chair and Advisor, is the recipient of The University of Montana 2013 Charter Day Outstanding Volunteer Award.

MMAC Director Barbara Koostra states, "Herbert came to Montana in 2000 and has from day one been a giant and remarkable contributor to the arts, humanities and culture of Missoula.  Dr Swick goes way beyond just formulating and sharing ideas.  He gets things done."  Dr. Swick is a founding member of the Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (MOLLI) and organizer of the first-ever docent program at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture.


The Charter Day awards ceremony and reception will be held at 5:30pm, February 13, 2013, in the University Center Ballroom, The University of Montana Campus.  Please join us to celebrate Dr. Herbert Swick's amazing service to MMAC and UM. 



Russian Egg         

The University of Montana Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association will sponsor its 15th annual Community Lecture Series, titled Russia on the Oval set for Tuesday nights in the UC Theater in February and March.


Russia on the Oval is a launching point for cultural and educational events across Missoula. On display in Main Hall's lobby are Russia-themed artworks from the MMAC Permanent Collection now through March. 


Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 243-5211 for more information on the Series or go to


Image: Easter Egg Depicting the Resurrection and St. Paul, late 19th-century, Inscribed "From the Moscow Old Believers Who Have Accepted the Faith", MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by L.M. Hendler




You can listen to wolf and mountain lion sounds now featured in MMAC's galleries by calling
(406) 371-9405.  Just press the numerals 1, 2, 3 or 4 for a taste of the animal friends depicted in
Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits. The Montana Museum of Art & Culture's audio guide tour provides additional educational information about our exhibits.


 Russian Icon Silver cover           

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. 


The core holdings of MMAC's Permanent Collection include works of art that denote the aesthetic development of the Rocky Mountain West, historic European works, Southeast Asian collections, American Impressionist works, contemporary Native American art, important ceramics works and public art sited across the campus. Ranging from historical to contemporary, this collection includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.


Each month the Montana Museum of Art & Culture highlights artworks from the Permanent Collection.


This month's feature on view now in

the Main Hall lobby case:

Titled: Silver Riza covering an Icon 
of Mary Theotokos
, 1460

Artist: Artist unknown (Russian, active ca. 1460) 

Medium: Egg tempera, silver repouss

Size:  9 1/2 x 12 inches

MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Stella Duncan